The Cynical Society: The Culture of Politics and the Politics of Culture in American Life

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University of Chicago Press, 1991 - 200 sayfa
The Cynical Society is a study of the political despair and abdication of (individual) responsibility Goldfarb calls cynicism—a central but unexamined aspect of contemporary American political and social life. Goldfarb reveals with vivid strokes how cynicism undermines our capacity to think about society's strengths and weaknesses. Drawing on thinkers from Alexis de Tocqueville to Allan Bloom and on such recent works as Beloved, Bonfire of the Vanities, and Mississippi Burning, The Cynical Society celebrates cultural pluralism's role in democracy.

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Cynicism and the American Way of Politics
1
Cynicism as a Cultural Form
13
Mass Society as the Underside of Democracy
30
Democracy in America
46
The Decline and Fall of American Culture?
65
The Pursuit of Obscurity
82
Ideology on the American RightA Clear and Present Danger
103
The Crisis in Education
118
A Critique of Ideological Critique
132
Cynicism and the American Dilemma
152
Cynicism Fundamentalism and the Prospects for Democratic Culture
170
Notes
183
Index
195
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Jeffrey C. Goldfarb is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of seven books, including On Cultural Freedom, The Cynical Society, and Beyond Glasnost, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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